Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community.
Grants & Funding
1. “Seeds of Native Health” Promising Program Grant and Capacity Building Grant
The Notah Begay III Foundation’s national program, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is pleased to announce its 2016 “Seeds of Native Health” Promising Program Grant and Capacity Building Grant Request For Applications (RFA). Thanks to the generous support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and their recently launched national campaign, “Seeds of Native Health”, the NB3F will provide needed investment to Tribal Nations and Native American organizations working to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods for their children and communities. Promising Program Grants ($40,000 each) will focus on existing healthy food/nutrition programming that engages Native American youth. The Capacity Building Grants ($20,000 each) will focus on community health assessments and community planning around healthy food/nutrition. Both grants are one year long. The application deadline for both grant opportunities is January 22, 2016. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Save the Date: 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Save the date for the 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, to be held June 2-4, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is a biennial event that convenes a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference is hosted by the National Farm to School Network, in partnership with local host organizations. Registration opens Feb 15, 2016.
2. Slow Food USA: School Garden Spring Break: April 1-3, 2016 Charlotte, NC
Join the National School Garden Program team and school garden champions from across the country at Slow Food USA's first ever train-the-trainer school garden conference. Come and learn more about the Slow Food approach to school gardens, edible education, and school food and bring it all back to your community. Through a mix of hands-on workshops, field trips, and classroom-style training, we will provide information on our curriculum, projects and models, and give chapters and schools the opportunity to showcase their work. Would you like to attend or nominate someone to attend? Please fill out this google form application or share it with your Slow Food network of teachers and school garden leaders. Applications are due December 31.
3. Montana Farm to School Summit, Sep. 22-23, 2016, Bozeman, MT
Mark your calendar for the Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success to be held on September 22-23, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman. Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. This conference is hosted by Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and Gallatin Valley Farm to School. Registration opens January 2016.
Research & Resources
1. New Union of Concerned Scientists video
A new video from the Union of Concerned Scientists takes viewers on a wild ride through the food system, connecting the dots between diet-related diseases, exploitation of food workers, and diminishing opportunities for family farmers. Join Dr. Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, on a journey into the heart of the dysfunctional American food system in this new video.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Director, Minnesota Food Charter Network
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute at the University of Minnesota is seeking a new director for the Minnesota Food Charter Network. This position will foster the development of the Minnesota Food Charter Network and implementation of Food Charter strategies, represent the Minnesota Food Charter Network in communities, manage budget and business operations, and provide direct support to multiple teams charged with various Minnesota Food Charter Network responsibilities. For more information on this position click here. (Job ID: 305825)
Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.